Heads up early adopters! Best Buy is now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab (Sprint and Verizon) and Huawei’s Ideos S7 Android tablet. Both devices feature 7-inch screens ready for your hands’ oily goodness, but the similarities stop there. Hit the jump to read more.
Canada is finally getting more Android love with our carriers! We’ve reported stories on Rogers and Bell launching the Samsung Galaxy, as well as the offers you may find on it at your local Future Shop or Best Buy. Let’s add Telus to the hype for Fall Android releases as they wind up to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate.
Although Rogers and Bell are launching the Galaxy this weekend, Telus does not specify a date, rather “Coming Soon” is seen on their headlines page. Telus has had great success with its currently available HTC Desire, and will likely launch the Galaxy S Fascinate before the holiday shopping season starts to take off. Pricing will likely be similar to what we see with Rogers, which is around $150 – $180 CAN on a 3 year contract.
Samsung is really getting its products out there across the carriers to ensure everybody, regardless of which carrier you may be locked into, can get their hands on the Galaxy S family.
Canada is getting its fair share of Android attention lately, and Best Buy wants to add to the buzz. They are offering the new Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant for free on a 3 year contract!
The sale runs over this weekend, be sure to check it out!
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn, in a response to a question about Amazon’s Android app store, announced that he would consider launching one for his company as well. Robert Stephens, Best Buy’s CTO, had the following to say on the subject:
“We are exploring this concept at this very early stage, but we have no concrete plans at this time. Google, though, is an obvious partner.”
No official statements have been given by Best Buy, so it would appear that this is simply just an idea that’s being thrown around. Perhaps this is simply a ploy to charge customers $59.99 to have someone from the Geek Squad come to their house and install Angry Birds for them, but whatever the case may be, if this third-party app store trend continues, the Android application market could perhaps become oversaturated beyond repair.
In an announcement made today during their holiday preview event, Best Buy announced that they will be offering four free phones, one from each provider, every Friday during the month of October. In order to receive the free device, the customer must either start a new 2-year contract, upgrade, or add a new line to an existing contract.
Below are the phones which will be available for free this Friday, Oct. 1:
- Samsung Fascinate (Verizon)
- BlackBerry Curve (Sprint)
- HTC Aria (AT&T)
- Samsung Gravity 3 (T-Mobile)
Each week’s phone offerings will be announced the Thursday before, at 1 p.m. central time.
Continue after the break for the full press release.
If you are itching to get your hands on the successor to T-mobiles G1 then get a head-start with a pre-order. Best Buy has the HTC G2 available for pre-order starting today for $199 with a 2-year contract. It should be available in stores on October 6th.
See the press release after the jump:
Man, Samsung has really stepped up its Android game lately. First, the company made a big splash in the Android industry when its phone, the Galaxy S, made an appearance on all four major US carriers. Then, the company announced its Galaxy Tab at the IFA in Berlin today. As shown with all this activity in the Android market, Samsung has no plans of stopping.
Samsung’s next phone, the Samsung Gem, will arrive at Verizon soon. The Gem has made an appearance in Best Buy’s buyer’s guide. The Gem is a low-end Android device, almost like a cheaper and less impressive version of Samsung’s Galaxy S phones. The device will have a 3.2 megapixel camera, and will sport Samsung’s TouchWiz 3 interface.
The device will also launch with Android 2.1, so keep that in mind, as the Samsung Fascinate is also slated to be launched soon.
Those of you who have been patiently awaiting the return of the Evo 4G to Sprint’s online store won’t have to wait much longer. Sprint has announced that the phone, which recently received its update to Android 2.2, will once again be available online sometime next week.
The device has been insanely difficult to get a hold of, with only limited numbers available in select Sprint and Best Buy locations. You might not want to wait if you plan on ordering online, as Sprint is once again slapping the dreaded “limited quantity” tag on this batch of inventory.
There has been no announcement as to which day you can expect to see the Evo 4G available online again, so stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Best Buy Mobile announced today that they will begin taking pre-orders for the Samsung Fascinate on August 29. There is no word yet about an official release date, or about pricing, but we’re expecting the phone to run roughly $200 with a new contract, and $500 without.
“Like the other Galaxy S smart phones, the Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate, is a great phone and we are excited to bring it to our customers with this presale,” Scott Anderson, senior director of merchandising at Best Buy Mobile. “Smart phone technology has gone to a new level this summer, which is great for consumers. Best Buy stands for choice and we are committed to helping customers research and choose the right handset and accessories that make sense for them.”
Will you be pre-ordering the new Samsung Fascinate? Share your thoughts below.
[via Best Buy]
We’ve already seen a few ads for the Droid 2, we know when it’s probably going to launch, the one thing weren’t to sure of was the price. Well thanks to a sharp eyed engadget reader, we know that too. The Droid 2, when launched, will sell for $199 with a 2 year Verizon contract and it will set you back $599 without a contract. Keep on reading for the complete image.